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AQUAD

MAXQDA

Qualrus

ATLAS.ti

NUD*IST 6

QCA

Dedoose NVivo Quirkos
Framework Open Code TAMS Analyzer

HyperRESEARCH v. 2

QDA Miner

 


AQUAD

Description:

AQUAD generates theory on the basis of qualitative data. Coding may be done in AQUAD either directly on the screen, or in a two-step procedure. In addition to codes, qualitative or quantitative "variables" (e.g., gender, age, profession, specific preferences of the research subjects) may be entered which can be used in combination with the regular codes for selective searches. AQUAD offers 12 pre-formulated "linkages" into which the researcher may enter the codes or variables whose relationships s/he wants to explore. Search for words and phrases, compute their frequency and extract words together with their context. Attach comments to codes and memos to text segments.

Platform(s): Windows 98/2000/NT/XP
Price:

€162

Name and address of supplier: Verlag Ingeborg Huber 
Viktor-Renner-Str. 39
72074 Tübingen
Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel. +31 50 363 6900 Fax. +49 7071 88 51 47
Supplier e-mail: Ingeborg.Huber@t-online.de
Developer: Gunter L.Huber.
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.aquad.de
Demo available at:
Other information: Hoffman H., Qualitative Research Management, 73-425 Hiltop Road,
Review(s), or article(s):
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ATLAS.ti

Description: ATLAS.ti is an easy to use, yet powerful computer software for the support of qualitative data analysis, text interpretation, text management and "grounded" theory building. It offers a non-hierarchical, exploratory approach to the complex phenomena hidden in textual, graphical and audio data. It supports many of the activities involved in text analysis and interpretation, particularly selecting, coding, annotating, and comparing noteworthy segments. This leads to actual theory building, the creative conceptualization phase. ATLAS.ti provides a comprehensive overview of the work; as well as rapid search, retrieval, and browsing functions of all data segments and notes relevant to one idea. ATLAS.ti's unique network building feature allows you to visually "connect" selected passages, memos, and codes by means of diagrams. This feature allows you to construct concepts and theories based on visible relations - often bringing to light yet other relations. You may instantly revert back to your notes or primary document selection at any time. Other features include: on-screen, drag-and-drop coding, single character minimum text unit, hypertext links between data segments, hierarchical browser for navigation inside project, and SPSS job generation.
Platform(s): Windows XP and 2000
Price: €730 regular licence, €390 educational licence
Name and address of supplier: element 5 AG
Vogelsanger Straße 78
50823 Cologne
Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel.: +49.221.31088.30
Fax: +49.221.31088.29
Supplier e-mail: techservices@atlasti.com
Developer: Thomas  Muhr
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.atlasti.de/
Demo available at: http://www.atlasti.de
Other information:

FAQ's: http://www.atlasti.de
Information on Atlas.ti mailing list: http://www.atlasti.de

Review(s), or article(s): Lewins, A. and Silver, C. (2004) Choosing a CAQDAS Package - A working paper by Ann Lewins & Christina Silver
Available online as a PDF

Friese, S. (2004) Software Overview
Available online as a PDF at: http://www.quarc.de/software_overview_table.pdf
A very useful table comparing 6 software packages, updated in 2004.
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Dedoose

Description:

Dedoose was created to serve the growing numbers of people integrating qualitative and quantitative methods - using mixed methods. Integrating qualitative and quantitative data is increasingly seen as best practice for research, marketing, business and other fields. Dedoose facilitates the exploration of data from multiple perspectives.

Platform(s): Web based
Price:
Number Of Users 3 Month Commitment 6 Month Commitment 9 Month Commitment
1 User $16.95/user/month $15.95/user/month $12.95/user/month
2+ Users $14.95/user/month $12.95/user/month $10.95/user/month
Name and address of supplier: SocioCultural Research Consultants, LLC.
Supplier Tel/Fax: Telephone: (310) 961-2078
Telephone (toll-free): (866) 680-2928
Fax (toll-free): (866) 580-3837
Supplier e-mail: Info@Dedoose.com
Developer: SocioCultural Research Consultants
Supplier or developer URL: https://www.dedoose.com/
Demo available at: https://www.dedoose.com/LearnMore/SignUp.aspx
Other information:

Video tour http://www.dedoose.com/LearnMore/VideoTour.aspx

Review(s), or article(s):
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Framework

Description:

FrameWork was software for managing and analysing data, developed by researchers at The National Centre for Social Research.
FrameWork is different from traditional coding and indexing methods because of its two unique features:
• Summarisation - Create and organise summaries of your data to help you analyse and manage it.
• Matrix outputs - Analyse summarised data by case or by theme to gain a detailed understanding. Or identify and investigate relationships between themes to get a broader understanding.

This software is not now separately available. Its functionality has been rolled into QSR NVivo.

http://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-expertise/methods-expertise/qualitative/framework/

Platform(s):  
Price:

 

Name and address of supplier: National Centre for Social Research
35 Northampton Square
London EC1V 0AX
Supplier Tel/Fax:
Supplier e-mail: framework@natcen.ac.uk
Developer: National Centre for Social Research
Supplier or developer URL:  
Demo available at:


Other information:

http://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-expertise/methods-expertise/qualitative/framework/

Review(s), or article(s):
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HyperRESEARCH v. 2.6

Description:

Facilitates the coding, retrieval, and analysis of textual material. Reporting features include Boolean searches of code combinations. The built-in "Hypothesis Tester" uses artificial intelligence techniques to provide a semi-formal mechanism for theory-building. Using artificial intelligence techniques, HyperRESEARCH enables you to test hypotheses or propositions against each case in your study to see if your coding supports your ideas. You build 'if-then' rules, one at a time as shown below. Each rule you create is added to a rule list. When you are ready, you can choose to display the report generated from your rule list. Now with advanced multimedia capabilities, HyperRESEARCH allows you to work with text, graphics, audio, and video sources — making it an invaluable research analysis tool.

Platform(s): Windows 95, NT, 98, ME, 2000, XP Mac OS 9/Classic, OS X
Price: £221.31 EU customers are also subject to VAT
Name and address of supplier: ResearchWare, Inc.
P. O. Box 1258
Randolph, MA 02368-1258
Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel. 781-961-3909
Supplier e-mail: support@researchware.com
Developer: ResearchWare, Inc
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.researchware.com/
Demo available at: http://www.researchware.com/hr/downloads.html
Other information: FAQ's: http://www.researchware.com/support/faq.html
Quick tour: http://www.researchware.com/hr/tour.html
Tutorials: http://www.researchware.com/hr/tutorials.html
Review(s), or article(s): Lewins, A. and Silver, C. (2004) Choosing a CAQDAS Package - A working paper by Ann Lewins & Christina Silver
Available online as a PDF

Friese, S. (2004) Software Overview
Available online as a PDF at: http://www.quarc.de/software_overview_table.pdf
A very useful table comparing 6 software packages, updated in 2004.
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MAXqda

Description:

MAXqda supports everyone who performs qualitative data analysis and helps you systematically evaluate and interpret your texts. It is also a powerful tool for developing theories as well as testing theoretical conclusions of your analysis. It is used in a wide range of academic and non-academic disciplines. MAXqda is user friendly combining a high technical standard and power with an easy and in most parts almost intuitive use of the tool.

Platform(s): Windows
Price: €635 standard licence, €390 educational licence
Name and address of supplier: VERBI Software. Consult. Sozialforschung. GmbH
Stockwiesenweg 14
35287 Amöneburg
Germany
Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel: ++49 6422 890070
FAX: ++49 6422 890071
Supplier e-mail: info@maxqda.com
Developer: Verbimax  Software
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.maxqda.com
Demo available at: http://www.maxqda.com/maxqda-eng/2_demo.htm
Other information:

User forum: http://www.maxqda.com/maxqda-eng/5_english.htm
Introductory tutorial: http://www.maxqda.com
FAQ's: http://www.maxqda.com/maxqda-eng/support.htm

Review(s), or article(s): Lewins, A. and Silver, C. (2004) Choosing a CAQDAS Package - A working paper by Ann Lewins & Christina Silver
Available online as a PDF
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N6

Description:

N6 is the latest product in the NUD*IST range of software. N6 is designed for powerful management and flexible analysis of text data. A responsive, pragmatic tool kit for code-based inquiry and searching. Retrievals use a complete set of Boolean operators on the indexing categories, as well as a set of non-Boolean operators which encourage the generation and exploration of new ideas. Its unique Command Assistant writes macros in seconds – saving you up to several weeks of work. N6 has a redesigned interface with "live" access to text coded at a node, offers the "explorer" display of an Index System integrated with hierarchical tree as option, is directly linked with Decision Explorer and Inspiration, has direct import and export from and to SPSS and any other statistics package, spreadsheet or table-based software. QSR Merge is now included and this also provides for the translation of projects between users.

Platform(s): PC 2000, XP
Price: Standard Licence £335, Educational Licence £205, Student Licence £85 (1 year)
Name and address of supplier: QSR International
C/- Cybercall
PO Box 15
Cardigan
SA43 1XZ, UK
Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel:+44 870 880 8461
Fax:+ 44 (0) 870 880 8466
Supplier e-mail: qsr@cybercall.co.uk
Developer: QSR International
Supplier or developer URL:

Developer: http://www.qsrinternational.com/

Demo available at: http://www.qsrinternational.com/DemoReg/DemoReg1.asp
Other information:  
Review(s), or article(s):

Lewins, A. and Silver, C. (2004) Choosing a CAQDAS Package - A working paper by Ann Lewins & Christina Silver
Available online as a PDF

Friese, S. (2004) Software Overview
Available online as a PDF at: http://www.quarc.de/software_overview_table.pdf
A very useful table comparing 6 software packages, updated in 2004



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NVivo

Description:

NVivo is designed for researchers who need to combine subtle coding with qualitative linking, shaping and modelling. A fine-detailed analyser, NVivo integrates the processes of interpretation and focused questioning. Rich text records are freely edited and coded and linked with multimedia. A project starts as soon as ideas start. NVivo enables you to take qualitative inquiry beyond coding and retrieval, supporting fluid interpretation and theory emergence.

Platform(s): Windows
Price:

Standard Licence £1,260.00, Educational Licence £360.00

NVivo 9 Student £110.00

Name and address of supplier: Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Sales Office
QSR International (UK) Limited
28 Hoghton Street
Southport, PR9 OPA
UK
Supplier Tel/Fax: Telephone: +44 1704 513900
Fax: +44 1704 535444
Supplier e-mail: emea@qsrinternational.com
Developer: QSR International
Supplier or developer URL: Developer: http://www.qsrinternational.com/
Demo available at: http://www.qsrinternational.com/DemoReg/DemoReg1.asp
Other information:  
Review(s), or article(s): Lewins, A. and Silver, C. (2004) Choosing a CAQDAS Package - A working paper by Ann Lewins & Christina Silver
Available online as a PDF

Friese, S. (2004) Software Overview
Available online as a PDF at: http://www.quarc.de/software_overview_table.pdf
A very useful table comparing 6 software packages, updated in 2004.
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Open Code 4.03

Description:

OpenCode 4.03 is a tool for coding qualitative data generated from text information such as interviews, observations or field notes. It has been developed to specifically follow the first steps of the Grounded Theory methodology. However, it can of course be used as a tool for classifying and sorting any kind of qualitative text information. The aim has been to create a self-instructive program that is easy to learn and easy to use.
• The main features of the program are to:
• import text from any word processing program
• write memos
• find words in text
• assign codes to segments of the text
• create and manage categories
• search for codes and categories
• print the results from any of the above functions
The program language is English but the data/text and coding can be in any language.

Platform(s): The program is compatible with PC-systems and runs on Windows version 98 or later.
Price:

Free

Name and address of supplier:

Klas-Göran Sahlén
Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden 

Visiting Address
Building 9B, University hospital

Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel:  +46 90 786 63 58
Supplier e-mail:  
Developer:  
Supplier or developer URL: Developer: http://www.phmed.umu.se/english/divisions/epidemiology/research/open-code/?languageId=1
Demo available at: 32 bit version, 64 bit version
Other information:  
Review(s), or article(s):  
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QDA Miner

Description:

QDA Miner is a mixed-model qualitative data analysis software package for coding, annotating, retrieving and analysing small and large collections of documents and images. It may be used to analyse interview or focus-group transcripts, legal documents, journal articles, even entire books, as well as drawing, photographs, paintings, and other types of visual documents. There is seamless integration with Simstat, a statistical data analysis tool, and WordStat, a content analysis and text-mining module, providing support for analysing text and relating its content to structured information, including numerical and categorical data.

Platform(s): Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7
Memory: From 256 MB (XP) to 512 MB (Vista)
Disk Space: 20 MB of disk space
Price: Standard licence £1265, Academic licence £385
Name and address of supplier:

Kovach Computing Services
85 Nant-y-Felin
Pentraeth, Isle of Anglesey
LL75 8UY
Wales, U.K.

Supplier Tel/Fax:

Tel.(UK): 01248-450414, (Intl.): +44-1248-450414
Fax (UK): 020-8020-0287, (Intl.): +44-20-8020-0287

Supplier e-mail:

Sales: sales@kovcomp.com
Support: support@kovcomp.com
Enquiries: info@kovcomp.com

Developer:
Supplier or developer URL:

Supplier: http://www.kovcomp.co.uk/QDAMiner/
Developer: http://www.provalisresearch.com/QDAMiner/QDAMinerDesc.html

Demo available at: http://www.kovcomp.co.uk/QDAMiner/downl.html
Other information:  
Review(s), or article(s):

http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-1243.html

'QDA Miner 2.0: Mixed-Model Qualitative Data Analysis Software' Field Methods February 2007 19: 87-108,

MARKETING RESEARCH, Spring 2006

LINGUIST, April 2004

Macer, Tim, "Software review: Simstat, Wordstat & QDA Miner reviewed" Meaning 1st September 2008

 

 

 

Qualrus

Description:

Qualrus is a qualitative analysis software program that uses an array of intelligent computational strategies to assist with coding, and qualitative data analysis. It is designed from ground up to establish new standards for qualitative analysis software. Qualrus stresses flexibility of research methodology and does not force any particular research style on the researcher. It can be used for the full range of qualitative research approaches, including grounded theory in which concepts emerge from the data, cultural analysis, interpretive methods, domain analysis, semiotics, life histories, deconstruction, bracketing, experiential analysis, and narratives.

Platform(s): PC - Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. May work on Macintosh - Virtual PCTM, and on many Unix® clones under WINE
Price: Standard licence $1099, Educational licence $399, Student licence $179
Name and address of supplier: 100 West Briarwood, Columbia, Missouri 65203 USA
Supplier Tel/Fax: FAX: (573) 446-2199
Supplier e-mail:  
Developer: Idea Works, Inc.
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.qualrus.com/
Demo available at: http://www.ideaworks.com/qualrus/demo.html
Other information:

Purchase online: http://www.ideaworks.com/qualrus/buy.html
User Forum: http://www.ideaworks.com/forum.shtml

Review(s), or article(s): Lewins, A. and Silver, C. (2004) Choosing a CAQDAS Package - A working paper by Ann Lewins & Christina Silver
Available online as a PDF
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QCA

Description: Qualitative Comparative Analysis version 3.0 is a special-purpose program designed to analyze quantified data from multiple cases. It is a theory-building, data processing program, not a code-store-retrieve program as such. It is built around Ragin's ideas on comparative analysis, using Boolean logic. The aim is to find patterns or configurations of variables within each case, and to show how, across a number of cases, these patterns lead to an outcome. The same outcome may in fact be achieved through different causal combinations, so 'families' of cases can be sorted out.
Platform(s): PC compatibles (MS-DOS, 3.0 +, 512 KB RAM, 1 MB HD)
Price: Free
Name and address of supplier:

Charles Ragin
Department of Sociology
Social Sciences Building, Room 400
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel:    (520) 621-3531
Fax:   (520) 621-9875
Supplier e-mail: cragin@email.arizona.edu
Developer: Charles Ragin, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona.
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~cragin/fsQCA/
Demo available at: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~cragin/fsQCA/software.shtml
Other information: Manual:http://www.u.arizona.edu/~cragin/fsQCA/software.shtml
Review(s), or article(s):

Ragin, C. C., 1987, The Comparative Method. Moving beyond qualitative and quantitative strategies, Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: Univ. of California Press.

Ragin, C. C., 2000, Fuzzy-Set Social Science, Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press.

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Quirkos

Description:

Quirkos helps you sort, manage and understand text data. Use it to tag or code relevant sections of data, and compare themes across hundreds of different sources.

It can help qualitative researchers to understand and analyse data such as interview transcripts, surveys, and articles. It's designed to be easy to learn, visual and affordable.

Platform(s): Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista; Mac OS X 10.7 and later; Linux, Distro independent installer; Android 4.0 and later coming soon.
Price: Academic, educational and charity institutions £240 ~€270 / $300, Commercial £450
~€510 / $570. See http://www.quirkos.com/licences.html
Name and address of supplier: Quirkos, 27 Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh. EH6 6JL
Supplier Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 131 555 3736
Supplier e-mail: info@quirkos.com or support@quirkos.com
Developer: Quirkos
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.quirkos.com/
Demo available at: http://www.quirkos.com/get.html
Other information:

Online training: http://www.quirkos.com/learn-qualitative/learn.html
User Forum: http://www.quirkos.com/forum/

Review(s), or article(s): Quirkos1: Distinguishing features and functions
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QCA

Description: Qualitative Comparative Analysis version 3.0 is a special-purpose program designed to analyze quantified data from multiple cases. It is a theory-building, data processing program, not a code-store-retrieve program as such. It is built around Ragin's ideas on comparative analysis, using Boolean logic. The aim is to find patterns or configurations of variables within each case, and to show how, across a number of cases, these patterns lead to an outcome. The same outcome may in fact be achieved through different causal combinations, so 'families' of cases can be sorted out.
Platform(s): PC compatibles (MS-DOS, 3.0 +, 512 KB RAM, 1 MB HD)
Price: Free
Name and address of supplier:

Charles Ragin
Department of Sociology
Social Sciences Building, Room 400
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Supplier Tel/Fax: Tel:    (520) 621-3531
Fax:   (520) 621-9875
Supplier e-mail: cragin@email.arizona.edu
Developer: Charles Ragin, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona.
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.u.arizona.edu/%7Ecragin/
Demo available at:
Other information: Manual: http://www.u.arizona.edu/%7Ecragin/software.htm
Review(s), or article(s):

Ragin, C. C., 1987, The Comparative Method. Moving beyond qualitative and quantitative strategies, Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: Univ. of California Press.

Ragin, C. C., 2000, Fuzzy-Set Social Science, Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press.



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Qualrus

Description:

Qualrus is a qualitative analysis software program that uses an array of intelligent computational strategies to assist with coding, and qualitative data analysis. It is designed from ground up to establish new standards for qualitative analysis software. Qualrus stresses flexibility of research methodology and does not force any particular research style on the researcher. It can be used for the full range of qualitative research approaches, including grounded theory in which concepts emerge from the data, cultural analysis, interpretive methods, domain analysis, semiotics, life histories, deconstruction, bracketing, experiential analysis, and narratives.

Platform(s): PC - 95, 98, Me, NT3.5, NT4, 2000, XP, May work on MAC - Virtual PCTM, and on many Unix® clones under WINE
Price: Standard licence $699, Educational licence $399, Student licence $199
Name and address of supplier: 100 West Briarwood, Columbia, Missouri 65203 USA
Supplier Tel/Fax: FAX: (573) 446-2199
Supplier e-mail:  
Developer: Idea Works, Inc.
Supplier or developer URL: http://www.ideaworks.com/Qualrus.shtml
Demo available at: http://www.ideaworks.com/QualrusViewerSignup.shtml
Other information:

Purchase online: http://www.ideaworks.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi
User Forum: http://www.ideaworks.com/forum.shtml

Review(s), or article(s): Lewins, A. and Silver, C. (2004) Choosing a CAQDAS Package - A working paper by Ann Lewins & Christina Silver
Available online as a PDF
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TAMS Analyzer

Description:

TAMS Analyzer for Macintosh OS X: The native Open source, Macintosh Qualitative Research Tool

TAMS stands for Text Analysis Markup System. It is a convention for identifying themes in texts (web pages, interviews, field notes). It was designed for use in ethnographic and discourse research.

TAMS Analyzer is a program that works with TAMS to let you assign ethnographic codes to passages of a text just by selecting the relevant text and double clicking the name of the code on a list. It then allows you to extract, analyze, and save coded information. TAMS Analyzer is open source; it is released under GPL v2. The Macintosh version of the program also includes full support for transcription (back space, insert time code, jump to time code, etc.) when working with data on sound files.

Platform(s): Macintosh OS X and Linux
Price: Open source, no cost.
Name and address of supplier:

Matthew Weinstein
Associate Professor of Science Education
University of Washington-Tacoma
Education Program
1900 Commerce St.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Supplier Tel/Fax: USA 253 692-4787
Supplier e-mail: mattheww@u.washington.edu
Developer: Matthew Weinstein
Associate Professor of Science Education
University of Washington-Tacoma
Education Program
1900 Commerce St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Supplier or developer URL: http://tamsys.sourceforge.net/
Demo available at: http://tamsys.sourceforge.net/
Other information:

Manual:http://tamsys.sourceforge.net/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/Allemand3Left?feature=mhsn

Review(s), or article(s):

 



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